Scott Weatherford, Chair, Appointed Member
Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Wood Products Ltd. and The Nelson & Ft. Sheppard Railway Co. in Fruitvale BC. ATCO Wood Products is a leading manufacturer of softwood veneers for the plywood industry and a major forest license holder and forestry management company in the Lower Columbia region. Scott and his wife founded ATCO Wood products in 2006 as part of the reorganization of ATCO Lumber Ltd. Scott is responsible for oversight of all aspects of ATCO’s manufacturing and forestry business and for new business development activities. The Nelson & Ft. Sheppard Railway Co. is a 6 mile shortline railroad that operates near Fruitvale, BC.
Prior to joining ATCO in 2005, Scott held various executive assignments in purchasing and auditing with PACCAR Inc. (parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt Trucks) in Bellevue, WA. Scott’s early career was as a mechanical design engineer with John Deere (Moline, IL), Cummins Engine Co. (Jamestown, NY and Seymour, IN) and Kenworth Truck Co. (Kirkland, WA). Scott is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA).
While Scott was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, he is pleased to call Fruitvale, BC his home along with his wife and two children. Scott’s Community Activities include Director for the Lower Columbia Initiative Corporation, member of the Board of Governors for Selkirk College and Group Commissioner/Scout Leader for Scouts Canada in Fruitvale, BC.
Margaret Sutherland, Vice Chair, Appointed Member
Margaret Sutherland is the Executive Director of Programs and services with Decoda Literacy Solutions. She was formerly the Communications manager with Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Ms. Sutherland is active in her community as a member of the Columbia Basin Trust (Social Grants Evaluation Committee), Robson Community memorial Church and Castlegar Literacy Planning Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (English and History) from Thompson Rivers University, a Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College and a Certificate in Workplace & Essential Skills from Douglas College.
Bruce LeRose, Past Chair, Appointed member
Bruce was born and raised in Trail, B.C. and was educated at the University of British Columbia. He has practiced in the West Kootenay with the same firm since being called to the bar in 1983.
He was made a Queen Counsel in 2006 and received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Attorney General for British Columbia in 2013 for meritorious services to the Legal Profession.
He is a Life Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and served as its President in 2012. The first member of the Kootenay Bar to do so in the 130 year history of the Law Society.
Audrey Repin, Appointed Member
Audrey was raised in Castlegar and is an alumni of Selkirk College. Her career began with the provincial government and Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture and continued to the Ministry of Transportation and Highways working in infrastructure maintenance.
For over 20 years, focussing on community engagement, she lead teams in the development of hydropower projects in the utilities industry with Columbia Power Corporation during the construction of three of the largest hydropower expansion projects in the region in the last quarter century.
Audrey is an experienced Director with a strong passion for community development and Indigenous Relations which lead to Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence certification from the Banff Centre along with along with certification in Land Negotiation from the Justice Institute of BC and a Legal Assistant Certificate from Selkirk College.
She is a proud mother of two grown daughters, both graduates of Selkirk College’s Nursing Program. Audrey enjoys spending quality time in the Kootenay communities she loves with her two young grandsons, family and friends.
Kris Salikin, Appointed Member
Kris Salikin is the Executive Director of the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society. She previously was the Coordinator of the Aboriginal Family Services Development Program with the Castlegar and District Community Services Society.
Kris holds a Masters in Social Work (Leadership) from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor in Social Work (Indigenous specialization) from the University of Victoria.
John Dutton, Appointed Member
John Dutton was born and raised on Vacouver Island and grew up with a love of the outdoors and a passion for outdoor pursuits. He has a diploma in hospitality management and a Bachelor of Commerce which he completed at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.
After working in the hospitality industry for ten years John decided that adventure tourism was more to his taste. In 2010 John started Nelson Whitewater Rafting Company which expanded to include Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals in 2015. John is also the manager of the Prestige Marina in Nelson which serves as the office and base for both of his businesses.
For six years John was on the board of Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism. In the winter he works as a back country ski guide and is certified through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.
Danny Bradford, Appointed Member
Danny completed an apprenticeship with Cominco as a Millwright and holds a Red Seal certification. He holds an Instructors Diploma teaching certification from the University of British Columbia and has taught all levels of Millwright apprenticeship training as well as being involved in provincial curriculum development and served as Chair of Selkirk College’s School of Industry and Trades Training.
Danny has been actively involved in Advanced Education System initiatives including serving as Board Chair of the Center for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology of British Columbia, served on the Board of Directors of the Industry Training and Apprenticeship Commission as well as serving on many other similar committees. He also served on the Premiers LNG Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Apprentice Forum.
Danny served as a Trustee on the College Pension Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2016 and also served as a Director on the BC Pension Corporation Board from 2006 to 2012.He is certified in Advanced Trustee Management Standards in Pension Fund Leadership.
Danny was a long-time member of the BCGEU Provincial Executive serving as a Provincial Vice President resulting in extensive experience in the areas of Union/Management Labour Relations.
Arry Dhillion, Appointed Member
Arry was born and raised in Castlegar, B.C. After graduating from Stanley Humphries, he attended Selkirk College and studied Psychology in the University Transfer Program. During his time at Selkirk he was elected to the Board of Governors as a student representative. His experience influenced his decision to switch fields into Business Management, which he later studied at Simon Fraser University.
Arry also worked under Selkirk College's Regional Innovation Chair and researched housing value changes in the Columbia Basin region. At Simon Fraser, he served on the student society, SFU Senate, Board of Governors, Community Trust, and graduated from the Beedie School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a specialty in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Upon graduating from SFU, Arry proceeded to obtain his CPA, CMA designation as a professional accountant.
Arry has previously worked as an Accountant for Kalawsky Chevrolet, Buick GMC Ltd., Castlegar Hyundai, the Kalawsky Collision Centre, and as Controller for Castlegar Kia. He has also served as a City Councillor for the City of Castlegar. He was approached by Mercer Celgar to work as a Business Analyst, and now works there as an Accountant.
Bree-ana Blazicevic, Elected Member (Support Staff)
Wesley Fakrogha, Elected Member (Student)
I am currently a Business Administration student and have enjoyed the social and welcoming atmosphere amongst students and instructors at the College. I am happy to be involved in the improvement of our College and its many facets. I enjoy finding solutions to challenges, and being on the Board of Governors will give me the opportunity to work with my fellow teammates to effectively contribute to creating a better experience for both current and future students at the College.
Jigyasa Nagpal, Elected Member (Student)
This is my second year at Selkirk College in Post-Graduation Accounting program. I am currently working as an Accountant at Grant Thornton Castlegar. I am thrilled to be a part of the Board of Governors because it offers a great opportunity for me to contribute my ideas to discussions and decisions. I also look forward to sharing about ongoing amazing programs in the college. This as a great opportunity to meet and know the minds behind these programs and be a part of it.
Dave Briggeman, Elected Member (Faculty/Instructor)
Dave was born in Trail in 1964 and moved to Vancouver in 1983 to start an electrical apprenticeship. He completed his apprenticeship in 1988 and holds a red seal certification and a “B” Level contractor licence. In 1999 he along with his wife Crystal and daughter Kelsea moved back to Trail to start up “Raves Restaurant.” In 2005 Dave started his teaching career at Selkirk College and holds an Instructor Diploma Certification from Vancouver Community College and is a recent NISOD award recipient. Dave presently teaches all four years of the Electrical Apprenticeship program at Selkirk College in Nelson. He is the Chair of the BCGEU 709 Bargaining Committee, Co-Chair of the Nelson JOHS Committee and Vice Chair of the BCGEU 709 Executive.
His hobbies include skiing, trying to play the base guitar, water sports at Christina Lake, motorcycling in the beautiful Kootenays and he has recently been promoted to Grampa status.
Angus Graeme, Ex-Officio Member
Angus Graeme is the President of Selkirk College. He started with the college in 1992 as faculty in the School of Renewable Resources. Since then, he has served in a number of other capacities including department head, school chair, dean and vice president.
Angus has a bachelor’s degree in forest resource management from the University of British Columbia, and a master’s degree in leadership from Royal Roads University. He is a Registered Professional Forester in the Province of BC. Angus lives in Nelson with his wife Alison and their three children.
Ian Parfitt, Ex-Officio Member
Ian Parfitt is a geomatics and project management expert who has worked at Selkirk College since 2003. In 2010 Ian became Coordinator of the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC www.sgrc.selkirk.ca), Selkirk College's geomatics centre of excellence. In this role, he develops collaborative partnerships between Selkirk's talented faculty and staff and businesses, local governments, and NGOs in the region that use maps, remote sensing, and related technology to address specific project goals. He also teaches project management, GIS analysis and automation, and internet mapping at Selkirk College.
Ian loves to get outside, so he's spent a lot of time over the past few years developing a remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS - also known as drone) capacity at the SGRC. This has also allowed him to go skiiing on the job.
Ian holds MSc (Geography) and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degrees from UBC. In 2018 Ian became a PMI certified Project Management Professional.
Ian is also the Chair of the Education Council at Selkirk College.
Dr. Jack Colbert